15 Stunning Kitchen Backsplashes

Remodeling your kitchen? Pick the perfect backsplash to create a swoon-worthy space.

You've selected the cabinets, flooring and countertops, but you can't decide on a backsplash that will complete your dream kitchen design. 

Gray and White Transitional Kitchen With Marble Counters

Gray and White Transitional Kitchen With Marble Counters

Tiles in a mix of gray make for a dynamic backdrop for this kitchen's white cabinets and trim. They're also a pretty pairing with the room's marble countertops.

Photo by: KuDa Photography

KuDa Photography

The kitchen backsplash is an important element to consider as it acts as a main focal point between the cabinets and countertops. With so many styles to choose from, how do you decide? Don't worry, we're here to help you make that decision.

Spend some time browsing through our favorite backsplash designs.

Large Patterns

Make a statement with a bold, custom pattern that's fun and original. Keep the cabinets and countertops in gray, white or neutral tones when selecting a large, colorful design.

Custom Kitchen Backsplash

Custom Kitchen Backsplash

Rebecca Zajac custom-designed the backsplash by placing white tiles in the original pattern to give it an organic feel and break up the repeating pattern.

Photo by: Rebecca Zajac

Rebecca Zajac

Marvelous Marble

There's nothing quite as sophisticated and clean as bright white marble. This hexagonal marble backsplash with hints of gray creates a fresh look when paired with crisp white cabinets and countertops.

Hexagon Marble Backsplash Wows in Crisp White Kitchen

Hexagon Marble Backsplash Wows in Crisp White Kitchen

A hexagon marble backsplash creates subtle interest in this crisp, clean kitchen. The backsplash breaks up the all-white palette and adds movement to the design.

Photo by: Sarah Deragon

Sarah Deragon

Stainless Steel

Sure, white subway tile brings a classic, chic look to the kitchen, but what if you're not crazy about white? Opt for stainless steel subway tile instead to give the space a shimmer without going overboard.

Stainless Steel Subway Tile in Vintage Kitchen

Stainless Steel Subway Tile in Vintage Kitchen

Vintage design elements were preserved in the kitchen like the hexagon countertop tile and the classic stove. To spice things up, a stainless steel backsplash and modern pendant were added.

Photo by: Posh Interiors

Posh Interiors

Black + White

A graphic black and white backsplash takes this kitchen from drab to fab. Love that mid-century modern look? Infuse your kitchen with cool, retro patterns and furnishings.

Neutral Kitchen With Black Backsplash

Neutral Kitchen With Black Backsplash

The design goal of this sophisticated kitchen? Infuse its Cape Cod architecture with midcentury modern style. The kitchen cabinetry took a year of searching for the perfect wood. The winner: a European Compressed Oak.

Photo by: Laure Joliet

Laure Joliet

Moroccan Style

Liven up the kitchen with a moroccan-inspired backsplash in bright turquoise. Off-white shaker cabinets, matching range hood and charcoal gray countertops finish this gorgeous design.

Remodeled Kitchen with Moroccan Backsplash

Remodeled Kitchen with Moroccan Backsplash

The Kitchen Cousins were able to transform this space after taking out the old cramped broken stove that had a vent to the outside but did not work, this new cooking area will be a huge improvement in functionality, safety, and aesthetics of this kitchen. The new design not only looks great, but the green Moroccan back splash, adds a lot of color and life.

From: Kitchen Cousins

Photo by: Chris Amaral

Chris Amaral

Shimmery Copper

Add elegance to the kitchen with a shiny metallic like copper. Here, a copper-toned marble backsplash wows in a black and white kitchen.

Shimmery Marble Backsplash in Transitional Kitchen

Shimmery Marble Backsplash in Transitional Kitchen

A shimmery marble backsplash in copper tones shines against the crisp white cabinets and black countertops in this kitchen. To give it that extra wow factor, under cabinet lights highlight the backsplash.

Photo by: Orren Pickell Building Group

Orren Pickell Building Group

Vintage Bottle Caps

Do you collect bottle caps? Give them a new purpose and use them as your kitchen's backsplash. Get that retro vibe at a budget-friendly price.

Vintage Bottle Cap Kitchen Backsplash

Vintage Bottle Cap Kitchen Backsplash

For the media-room bar she designed for a spirits lover in Austin, Texas, designer Natalie Howe used vintage bottle caps set in lilac-colored grout. “I sourced the caps through a collector in North Carolina,” she says. “It's fun, vibrant and always brings a smile – which mixes perfectly with cocktail hour.”

Photo by: Casey Dunn; Design By: Natalie Howe Design

Casey Dunn; Design By: Natalie Howe Design

Graphic + Modern

Black and white wallpaper in a graphic print behind the stove pairs with a mirrored glass backsplash that makes this kitchen feel larger than life.

Modern Kitchen with Graphic Black-and-White Backsplash

Modern Kitchen with Graphic Black-and-White Backsplash

This kitchen is a study in contrast, with large corner windows, structural steel columns and a dynamic wallpaper behind a glass backsplash.

Photo by: Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects

Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects

Neutral With Dimension

Not a fan of bold patterns and vibrant colors? Go neutral. This geometric tiled backsplash features a dimensional look that's anything but boring.

Clean, Modern Kitchen

Clean, Modern Kitchen

White and neutral tones pair together to create this beautiful kitchen design. The neutral, geometric backsplash add dimension and interest to the space.

Photo by: Regan Baker Design Inc.

Regan Baker Design Inc.

Bright Blue Mosaic Tiles

Shades of blue mosaic tiles are reminiscent of the ocean waves in a beach house kitchen. Include a few beach-themed accessories to complete this cool, relaxing design.

Blue Mosaic Tile Kitchen Backsplash and Sink

Blue Mosaic Tile Kitchen Backsplash and Sink

Blues from light to dark echo the ocean and are a pretty complement to this beach house's location. Pair the backsplash with a few ocean friends and you can almost hear the waves crash.

Photo by: B-Rad Photography

B-Rad Photography

Gray, Yellow + White

Mosaic tiles in gray, yellow and white pair with a floral Roman shade and bright chartreuse dishes for a chic, eclectic look in this kitchen.

Eclectic Kitchen with Gray, Yellow and White Tile and Art

Eclectic Kitchen with Gray, Yellow and White Tile and Art

Switching out the window treatments in your kitchen can be a super quick and easy way to change up your decor. Have a decoration you’ve always loved, but the color just didn't go with the rest of your kitchen? Find a window treatment that brings that color in, or try something in your same kitchen colors with a new pattern. In this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Competition winning kitchen, designer Cheryl Kees Clendenon installed a floral shade with grays and yellows to match the tile work and dishes already on display.

Photo by: NKBA/Greg Riegler

NKBA/Greg Riegler

Apple Green

Turn the kitchen into a cheerful place to cook with glass subway tiles in a vivid shade of green. Apple green really pops against brown cabinetry and white countertops.

Modern Kitchen With Green Tile Backsplash

Modern Kitchen With Green Tile Backsplash

For a homeowner who loves the color green, apple green glass subway tiles make up the kitchen backsplash. Walnut cabinets and Caesarstone countertops help pull the space together.

Photo by: KuDa Photography - Darius Kuzmickas

KuDa Photography - Darius Kuzmickas

Stacked Stone

Get the rustic look with a stacked stone backsplash and granite countertops.

Kitchen Sink With Stone Backsplash

Kitchen Sink With Stone Backsplash

Granite counters and a stone backsplash combine for a rustic look in this kitchen.

Photo by: ACM Design

ACM Design

Temporary Backsplash

Hate your rental's backsplash? Try this less permanent option using fabric and clear acrylic sheeting.

DIY Acrylic and Fabric Kitchen Backsplash

DIY Acrylic and Fabric Kitchen Backsplash

Update your kitchen with a DIY backsplash made from fabric and clear acrylic sheeting. Perfect for renters, this application can be customized and easily removed when you move out.

Beadboard Paneling

On a budget? Opt for a more affordable choice with this DIY beadboard backsplash.

DIY Bead Board Backsplash

DIY Bead Board Backsplash

You don’t need to finance a whole renovation to get a spectacular new look in your kitchen. With a few panels of bead board and a couple of hours, you can turn your tired kitchen into a colorful, updated room without the stress and dust of major demo!

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A Kitchen Evolution

This light and breezy kitchen was once a disfunctional mess with an outdated look. By thinking outside the design box, these first-time homebuyers were able to update the space for not a lot of money and just a little elbow grease. 

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Before: A Questionable Kitchen

This kitchen was in need of a facelift that wouldn’t cost the homeowners an arm and a leg. With a few easy-to-incorporate design ideas, this sad space is transformed into an enjoyable meeting place.

Photo By: Mondrian Correa

Before: A Sad State of Affairs

This pantry space is not utilized as well as it could be. It is hard to locate items and remove them without creating spills or messes.

Photo By: Mondrian Correa

After: Pulling Your Weight

Retrofitting the pantry with bamboo drawers allows the homeowners to access all their dry goods and cookware with just a simple glide.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Before: Getting In The Way

This is one of the most frustrating design flaws in this kitchen. The perpendicular drawers are so close together, the opposing handles stop them from opening. The pull had to be removed from one of the drawers to access the other drawer. The previous owners had built the kitchen cabinets, and did not take this into account when they designed the space.

Photo By: Mondrian Correa

After: Slide On By

The problem is solved by installing flip-up, inset drawer-pulls. Now it’s easy to have full access to both drawers. Sturdy hardware makes for a comfortable grip and a stylish look.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Before: Bye, Bye 80s Seashells

This grimy, overly pink backsplash had its day and now it’s done. For a family with no time for the mess and disruption a re-tile would require, one of the simplest fixes for an outdated backsplash is properly installing beadboard over it.

Photo By: Mondrian Correa

A Charming Green Update

Beadboard is inexpensive, durable when coated with semi-gloss paint and a clear acrylic coat, and it makes for clean lines. Another bonus? It can be painted any shade under the sun!

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Small Touches

Even the smallest details, like replacing beige outlet covers with crisp white ones makes a difference in giving an old kitchen a new look.

Photo By: Mondrian Correa

Before: Dining Area

This uninviting, empty breakfast nook was the last place anyone wanted to eat, and it's kind of an awkward use of space.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

After: Stylish Dining

The eating area is now functional and loaded with personality. A wood accent wall adds warmth to the white-based color palette, while touches of turquiose lend a fun coastal feel. Extra storage is provided by wall shelves and a rolling cart that was painted and tricked out with a variety of baking accessories. 

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

That'€s More Like It

Using leftover flooring from a remodel in the living room, an accent wall was installed to create a striking, warm focal point. The deep hue creates a cozy counterpoint to the crisp-white and green color palette, and ties the kitchen in with the rest of the home via the coordinating flooring.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

The Magic of Metal

A slim metal trim, often used as a flooring or tile transition piece, breaks up the driftwood gray accent wall in a clean way. It blends seamlessly with the other metal finishes in the kitchen hardware, and adds a contemporary touch.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Bakers Delight

Trick out a plain rolling island with a few easy updates into an enviable baking cart. A favorite paint color, some trendy drawer pulls and a vintage rolling pin modernize the basic cart, and glam up a very useful storage piece.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Mo'€ Shelves, Mo'€ Storage

In a smaller space, a larger shelving unit can be bulky. A couple of smaller shelves can provide more space for overflow cooking materials and some pretty, baking supplies – just waiting for a happy cookie creating adventure!

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Hang in There

Many cooking utensils and basics can be quite pretty. Save room in your cabinets and create a charming, focal point by hanging colorful colanders vertically.  Bonus – they’re easy to grab when needed.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Bring It to The Table

Like cabinetry, tables can be sanded down and painted for an exceptional update. White is a standard for a fresh, clean look but you can choose any color that goes with your color scheme.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Have a Seat

A banquette not only expands the seating potential in the breakfast nook, but it also adds an air of sophistication.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Let There Be Light

A new light fixture not only illuminates the dining nook, but it helps set the mood. This light inspires warmth while elegantly emphasizing "less is more".

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Add Open Access to Frequent Use Items

This swanky open glassware cabinet provides easy access to everyday glasses. Purchasing glasses that are pretty, and in a matching set will help everyone remember where the glasses go.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

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